Canada – Law change makes drunk driving a serious offence, with potential implications for some foreign national visa applicants

Posted on July 16, 2018

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five years to ten years. As this offence is now classed as “serious criminality” in Canada,… Read more »

Canada – Government adds three more occupations to Global Talent Stream

Posted on June 15, 2018

On June 12, 2018, the Canadian government marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot by expanding the Global Talent Occupations List, bringing the total number of qualifying jobs on the list to thirteen. What has… Read more »

Canada – Medical Refusal to be Revamped

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Changes are expected to be released in April regarding Canada’s controversial policy regarding the refusal of foreign nationals that are deemed likely to cause an “excessive demand” on its healthcare system. The current recommendation of the Parliament’s Standing Committee… Read more »

Canada – Changes to List of Designated Countries for Immigration Medical Exam

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Effective November 23, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the list of “designated countries” whose residents require an immigration medical examination (IME) to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa. The following countries, previously not… Read more »

Canada – Government Announces Three-Year Immigration Plan

Posted on November 14, 2017

  On November 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s immigration plan. The plan breaks with practice of previous years by laying out immigration targets for the next three years. The plan of 310,000 new permanent residents… Read more »

Canada – Increase of Prevailing Wage

Posted on October 11, 2017

  The prevailing wage for jobs in Canada were recently updated on September 25, 2017 for many industries. Work permit applications filed on or after September 25th should ensure to meet the new prevailing wage, which is set by the… Read more »

Canada – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Facilitates Business Mobility

Posted on October 4, 2017

  Provisionally effective from September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union includes provisions for the entry of short-term business visitors and temporary foreign workers. CETA Business Mobility Overview The Comprehensive Economic… Read more »

Canada – French-speaking or Bilingual Workers Exempt from LMIA

Posted on September 5, 2017

  As of June 1, 2016, employers hiring French-speaking or bilingual skilled workers to work in communities outside of Quebec may qualify for an exemption from a Labour market Impact Assessment (LMIA). When the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada created… Read more »

Canada – New Job Match Service

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective August 28, 2017, Canadian employers who want to hire workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be required to use the new Job Match service when advertising a position on Job Bank, before they can apply for… Read more »

Canada – Global Skills Strategy Launched

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Global Skills Strategy was launched June 12, 2017, for a faster application processing available for companies employing foreign nationals. The global stream will establish a two week standard for the processing of work permits and temporary resident visas (if… Read more »